Ind. health officials say 14 sickened from melons

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Health officials say salmonella traced to cantaloupes grown has sickened 14 people in this state and approximately 150 nationwide.

The Indiana State Department of Health said Friday it was investigating southwestern Indiana farms, distributors and retailers as potential sources of the outbreak. It said one Indiana farm voluntarily stopped shipping cantaloupes as precaution.

The Indiana agency says Kentucky - which has 50 confirmed cases and two deaths - also is investigating retailers and other points along the distribution chain.

State and federal health officials advise Indiana residents to discard cantaloupes purchased since July 7.

Most persons infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days. Most persons recover without treatment, but some may need hospitalization.

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